7 Ways to Be Sweet on Summer Produce

Don’t forget about dessert. These recipes — putting summer fruits front and center — give you just the excuse you’ve been waiting for.

Blackberries and blueberries co-star in this luscious cheesecake. With all of the antioxidants going on here, you’ll be fighting free radicals while simultaneously poking your fork into a graham-cracker crust.

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Easily cobble together this peachy sensation, then sit back and rejoice in the fact that flaxseeds in the topping are delivering an Omega-3 boost.

Upgrade your standard strawberry shortcakes with this nutty twist. Almonds add an unexpected crunch while zingy lemon zest and buttermilk raise the stakes on these buttery cakes.

Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Compote for Summer/Healthy Grilling
as seen on Food Network,Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Compote for Summer/Healthy Grilling
as seen on Food Network

Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Compote for Summer/Healthy Grilling as seen on Food Network,Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Compote for Summer/Healthy Grilling as seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Get your daily dose of blueberries in this no-brainer recipe — it’ll take just five minutes to make.

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Is zucchini taking over your fridge? Quick bread to the rescue! Tart apple butter sweetens the deal. (Botanically speaking, zucchini is a fruit, not a vegetable. File under “mind blown.”)

Plums are up in your grill — and loving the spotlight. Drizzle some yogurt sauce on top to cool things down a bit.

Ree Drummond's Fruit Pops as seen on Food Network

Ree Drummond's Fruit Pops as seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stripes are this season’s hot food trend. Just layer strawberry and mango, pop these babies in the freezer, and you’ll be styling.

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Silvana Nardone is the author of the Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen: Timeless Favorites Transformed.

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